Garmin 010-01550-10 Striker 4 Review: Highly Portable Fish Finder

Garmin 010-01550-10 Striker 4 Review

What We Like

  • More portable for use from anywhere
  • Provides good detection depth in both salt and freshwater
  • Easier to set up and use
  • Great for both fish finding and navigation
  • Delivers a wider range of information
  • Comes as a complete package

What We Don’t Like

  • Provided instructions are wanting
  • Carry bag is not the best quality

Bottom Line

Portability is at the heart of this Garmin fish finder as it comes with a portable kit to allow you to carry and use it anywhere, but it also has various other impressive features and technologies.

Introduction

With the inclusion of a portable kit, the Garmin 010-01550-10 Striker 4 will allow you to carry and use your fish finder from anywhere. Besides being portable, it also offers a wider detection range and a highly sensitive GPS for effortless navigation.

There are many other elements that make this fish finder worth trying that range from the built-in flasher to the Waypoint Map function. Better yet, you get to see all your data clearly from the nice 3.5-inch display.

Garmin 010-01550-10 Striker 4 Review

Garmin Striker 4 with Portable Kit

Usage: Reliable Fish Finding and Navigation Tool

Whether you want something to help you locate fish fast at your favorite fishing spot or even want to be able to navigate easily to that spot, this Striker 4 fish finder will be good for all this and much more.

It has a built-in high sensitivity GPS that will be very useful for locating your current fishing spot fast and more precisely. Also, it will help you maintain your GPS location even as you move across the lake to ensure you never miss your favorite spot or get lost in the water.

And besides marking the spots where you get bites, this fish finder will also be useful for marking other things like the boat ramps and docks.

Besides navigation, you can also use this fish finder when fishing on both salt and freshwater. The performance does not seem affected by the quality of the water you are fishing on. And it will give you good enough depth for both as you can scan up to 1,600 feet on freshwater and 750-feet on saltwater.

Better yet, this will also be a useful fish finder for ice fishing. It will include a built-in flasher that will make it possible to view the data in the traditional flasher format. This flasher also means that you can use this fish finder effectively for vertical jigging.

Performance: Great All-Round Performance

Garmin 010-01550-10 Striker 4 is a great all-round fish finder that has been designed to deliver excellent performance no matter where you might be fishing from as it has all the necessary technologies and features.

This fish finder is a powerful device that has been designed for fast scanning to ensure it will deliver the data timely. It has a transmission power of 200 watts RMS and a peak-to-peak power of 1,600 watts, which makes it one of the most powerful in its class.

Another element that will ensure that you get impressive performance from this fish finder is that it will also include a portability kit that will allow you to carry and use it from anywhere. The kit protects the fish finder from the elements and makes it ideal for use on different vessels from kayaks and canoes to regular boats.

This portable kit will include a sealed battery and charger, a transducer mount, and foam float, which is everything you need to use the fish finder in different situations.

Screen & Controls: Straightforward Operation with Simple Controls

One thing that you will notice with Garmin fish finders is that they are always made with some nice and easy to read screens. The Garmin 010-01550-10 Striker 4 also keeps up with this tradition, and you can be sure that it will make the data super easy to view.

It will come with a 3.5-inch color LCD that is backlit to make sure you can easily read it in any lighting conditions. What's more, it also has a good enough resolution of 480 x 320 pixels to ensure you get even better image quality.

Besides the 3.5-inch LCD screen, you can also get this fish finder in 5 and 7-inch screen sizes if you still prefer something larger. But, you will need to spend some extra cash on these larger screen models.

For the controls, the fish finder is also designed to ensure anglers have an easy time as it has a simple keyed interface. This interface includes only a few buttons that are clearly marked to make them more intuitive to use.

Design & Construction: Conveniently Portable

Besides the inclusion of the portable kit that makes this fish finder super easy to carry around, it is also designed to be conveniently portable as it is both lightweight and quite compact.

With an assembled weight or around 10.8 pounds, this is a fairly lightweight model, and this is more so given that many others in its class will weigh almost double that. And at around 5.9 inches long and 3.6 inches wide, this is a compact device that should fit perfectly on the hand.

When it comes to the construction, it is made mostly from plastic, but like with many of their fish finder and other GPS devices, Garmin uses heavy-duty plastic to ensure maximum durability. And this is an IPX7 rated device, which means it will be waterproof enough for fishing.

Connectivity & Other Technologies: Feature-Rich Fish Finder

The feature-rich design is what seems to set this fish finder from the many others within its price range out there. Its highlight feature is the Garmin Chirp technology, which is what will give you a high level of detail and clarity.

This 77/200 kHz transducer technology will send a continuous sweep of frequencies from low to high, unlike the traditional models that will only send one. With the wider frequency sweep, you get a wider range of information and greater target separation.

Also, this fish finder has Waypoint Map that will make it even easier to navigate. This feature makes use of the high-sensitivity GPS to allow you to see your position in relation to a waypoint. And you can view and mark things like stumps, docks, and brush piles, which means you will be more aware of your fishing environment.

The speed feature is also an excellent addition as it will allow you to easily tell the boat's speed. This allows you to easily tell whether you are trolling at the right speeds or not or moving the boat at the required speeds when fishing in wake-controlled areas.

Price: Excellent Value

For a fish finder that comes complete with a portable kit that includes everything you need from the mounts to the carry bag, there is no doubt the Garmin 010-01550-10 Striker comes at a great price tag.

Hence, this affordable fish finder is guaranteed to give you the best value for your cash. Better yet, it is also built for long service life and with all the basic features and technologies you need to find fish and navigate and hence making it an even better value.

Verdict

A highly portable fish finder that comes at a great price tag and will include a powerful Chirp technology and highly sensitive GPS.

If you prefer a fish finder that you can carry and use from different fishing spots, the Garmin 010-01550-10 Striker is a perfect choice. This is also an effective navigation tool that allows you to map out your fishing spot and also displays the boast speed to make it even more useful when out fishing.

Specs

  • Product Name: Garmin 010-01550-10 Striker 4
  • Product Brand: Garmin
  • Sonar: Chirp Sonar
  • Operating Frequency: 200 kHz
  • Maximum Depth: 1,600-feet on freshwater and 750-feet in saltwater
  • Display Size: 3.5 inches
  • Display Resolution: 480 x 320 pixels
  • Weight: 10.8 pounds
  • Water Rating: IPX7

Key Features

  • High-sensitivity GPS for easy navigation
  • Portable kit allows you to take the fish finder anywhere
  • Built-in flasher makes it possible to view data in flasher format
  • 1,600-feet freshwater and 750-feet saltwater max depth
  • 3.5-inch color display provides clear and detailed images
  • Speed feature allows you to check your speed when in the water
  • Waypoint Map makes it easy to get to your favorite fishing locations

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